The Wittenberg Tigers recorded the most impressive victory of the Matt Croci era so far, upsetting No. 9 Denison 71-70 in Granville on Saturday.
Shawnee grad Jaelin Williams, a Wittenberg senior, blocked a shot by Denison’s Bret Woolard at the buzzer. Williams led the Tigers with 23 points on 8-of-23 shooting. He had a team-high eight rebounds, four steals and two blocks.
Great TEAM win today on the road. Trailed for the entire game, but kept fighting and never gave up! Here is the final play! pic.twitter.com/285To5K5Qo— Wittenberg Hoops (@WittenbergHoops) January 28, 2017
Wittenberg trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half and trailed 69-59 with 3:46 to go. It outscored Denison 12-1 the rest of the way and took the lead on a jump shot by Shane Edwards with 10 seconds left.
Wittenberg (13-6, 7-5) lost three of its first four games in January but has now won three straight. It beat DePauw 59-48 in its previous game Wednesday. It has back-to-back victories on the road against DePauw and Denison after losing to both at home in back-to-back games in December.
Denison (17-2, 11-1) suffered its first North Coast Athletic Conference loss and saw its nine-game winning streak end. The Big Red lead the conference by a game over Wooster and Ohio Wesleyan. Wittenberg is in fourth place.